Stroll though our 10 acres of gardens with spectacular views across the Firth of Clyde, pausing to appreciate the unique plants and Finlaystone’s renowned beauty. Don’t miss the ‘smelly” garden, the intricate Celtic paving or the 70 metre serpentine herbaceous border. Enjoy the sweeping lawns and sculptured hedges, seek out ‘Slave’s Paradise’, discover ‘the knott’ and bog gardens before relaxing at the Tea Room in the walled garden. Playing is restricted in the gardens to allow visitors to enjoy the quieter side of the estate, whether that be picnicking in the field or basking on the seats. Please see our Detailed Garden Map for further information. A free physical copy is available in the Visitor Centre for first-time visitors.
The year starts with carpets of snowdrops in the woodlands, followed by dazzling displays of daffodils which lead into bluebells and early summer displays of rhododendrons and azaleas set against a backdrop of clipped box and yew hedges.
Voluptuous displays of peonies, dramatic avenues of Cornus kousa chinensis and Cercidiphyllum pendulum are just a few treasures to be seen in the walled garden which also features a vegetable garden with soft fruit and espalier trees.
Many unusual trees and shrubs prolong interest throughout the summer, including Eucryphias, Embothrium and Hydrangeas.
Astilbes, hostas and oriental poppies are used to great effect in more formal beds, while the very large herbaceous border continues to provide colour through to autumn. Plants grown on the estate are available for sale throughout the year.
The main garden design was laid out in 1900 but many changes have taken place since then. Today the gardens are maintained by a single full-time gardener supported with additional help from the family, rangers and dedicated volunteers. Group tours can be arranged by appointment.
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